Friday 30 December 2016

A Little Bit Of Knitting

While my sewing machine has been busy stitching panels for my big project, I decided my knitting machine should be brought back into service 
 It lives in its own unit and even though I have had it 35 years, it still works like a dream.
I thought I would familiarise  myself with the workings, by doing a little project, I havent used the machine for a few years.
Like riding a bike it all comes back to you and before long she was purring away like an old friend.
 I did this childs jumper, just needs the ends sewing in and the neck band catching down
I am pleased it still works fine and I think this coming year we will become good friends again.

Wednesday 28 December 2016

A Special Big Project

I have spent the last few months making preparations to do a special big sewing project.
 This time it is for us
The Golden Tapestry,  collection was inspired by the tapestries, paintings, ornate furniture and engravings in the Palace of Versailles in Paris, France
I bought the design back in summer and have been collecting together everything I need for it.
Silk Dupion for the fabric, gold metallic thread, stabilisers, batting and interfacing. 
For the main part I have chosen Black silk dupion, stitched with gold metallic thread, the border I am doing in gold silk dupion with black stitching.
I have done the first six panels of the background

There are 32 panels for the background alone, then another 28 for the border, it will be 50 x 40 inches when finished   
Once all the panels are done they are joined together like a jigsaw.
It is all being done on my embroider machine.
I have been really looking forward to getting this started.


Sunday 18 December 2016

Nifty Sewing Kit

I have been taking part in a sew along run by Sweet Pea Designs, this month it was a design for doing a sewing kit,
Got round to doing mine today.
 Its all made in the hoop on the embroidery machine,
lots of usefull little pockets and two zipper pockets as well as a scissor pocket,
 I made mine in all one fabric, there was an embrdered flower on the front panel included in the design but I omitted it I wasnt that keen on it.
 The whole thing closes up and is fastened with  Kam snap, I now dont have to bring a box of bits up from the cabin I can use my sewing kit and keep it all together.

Thursday 8 December 2016

Winter Project

I have a bit of a winter project on the go
I am stripping down and refurbishing a treadle sewing machine.
 It is very grimy,
 badly stained with nicotine
 The belt is perished
 All the parts need a good clean down
 There isnt much in the way of workings to these machines
 The table needs a to be restored as well

There metal plates have so much detail on them
So the plan is clean it all down and oil it, then the table will be cleaned up, I have found some great you tube videos on restoring vintage machines, it is still possible to get parts.
I have ordered a new belt and some needles.
Cleaning involves lots of elbow grease, sewing machine oil, WD40 and metal polish.
This one of the videos I am watching and following 

I would be interested to know if anyone has tried this.